Local Member of the Senedd for Bridgend quizes Health Board on the issues you have raised

During his weekly call with Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB, Member of the Senedd for Bridgend Carwyn Jones raised a number of issues that had been raised with him via phone calls and emails from constituents. He asked about testing, the availability of PPE, the issue of GP’s not following the guidance for vulnerable people, non covid operations and the situation in care homes.

On testing, a Population Testing Centre for staff, together with a central booking system, is in place. A system of contact tracing is being developed. Those eligible for testing are key workers, members of their household, those in close contact who are shielding and informal carers who are displaying COVID symptoms.

On PPE, the Health Board’s tracking system is working well to monitor stock levels across its sites or in community settings and to record any specific stock concerns that need follow up action. Mr Jones heard that currently, there is enough PPE to meet demand.

GP’s are being made aware of their responsibilities on shielding letters and are receiving support from the Health Board. This is an issue on which I am receiving a lot of correspondence.

On non covid related issues, the AM heard that other facilities such as private hospitals are being used for urgent operations due to the COVID pressure on its District General Hospitals (DGH’s)

Finally, there was a discussion about the situation in care homes and in particular the fact that the Health Board is planning for the “new normal” in care homes and what it means for staff and residents. They are putting in place a system in terms of how care homes will operate.